Let me start by saying that I put off watching Never Have I Ever for quite a while. I thought that this was some teen show or at best a chick flick-type series. I had no interest in it until I realized that it was made in part by Mindy Kaling who I really like, so one night I caved and said “ok, I will watch it if you want” to my wife and we ended up liking the show quite a bit.
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The Show Review
The premise of the show is about a teenager called, Devi. Devi is an Indian American girl and she is trying to find her place in the world and fit in during her high school years. Devi is such a loveable character that I thought had a ton of charm and I grew to really like her during the show’s four seasons.
I thought that it was kind of neat how the show is based loosely on the story of Mindy Kaling and some of her experiences she had growing up as an Indian-American teen. Now, I want to go back to a show I watched last year, Ms. Marvel, and how I found the whole Indian culture thing fascinating in that show and that is kind of the case here with Never Have I Ever as well.
Granted, I have no idea what it is like to be an Indian-American girl navigating high school, but the show does a great job of bringing everyone into this world. I think a huge reason why this works for people of all ages is that it is based on the life of a teenage girl and those around her.
Never Have I Ever has an amazing twist and that is the narration. The show is narrated by tennis star, John McEnroe and that is hilarious! The show fleshes out its casts with Devi’s family (all trying to get over the death of her father) and her friends and those she is not exactly friends with in high school.
I liked how we get to see her whole high school life and it honestly does it all very well. I have seen many other shows that take a kid from high school to young adulthood such as Boy Meets World and The Wonder Years to name a couple and I would put Never Have I Ever in that same kind of bracket with shows of that quality.
Yes, what we have here is a very funny show and I am sure if you are someone of Indian-American culture, you may get an even bigger kick out of it. However, even with someone that is ignorant to this culture like I was, the show is so well done, that there is no way you will not be drawn to these characters and feel like you are in their world.
If you are in the mood for a show that is light, funny, and also one that has a lot of heart, Never Have I Ever is perfect. Do not be like me and think that this is a dumb teen show, it is far more than that. This is a bit of a hidden gem on Netflix if you ask me and it is a show that has a beginning, middle, and end so there is no worry of them canning this before it comes to its conclusion!
- Devi is such a wonderful character
- You feel like you are on this journey with Devi
- The show is funny, but also has a lot of depth to it
- I got a huge kick out of the way John McEnroe narrated the show
- I can see some people not being able to get over the fact the show is a high school type dramedy
- This would have been a show that I probably would have picked up physically if Netflix actually would do it!